Mayo’s Alan Freeman: at his best he represents an excellent option at full-forward. Photo: Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The sides’ fortunes have flipped in the three years since their last semi-final to leave Mayo as favourites but tomorrow’s All-Ireland football semi-(...)

Kerry’s Paul Geaney is tackled by Galway’s Donal O’Neill during the All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry 1-20 Galway 2-10 A lesson in know-how was the chief feature of this entertaining and eye-bogglingly open All-Ireland quarter-final in Croke Par(...)

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice keeps a watching brief at the Leinster football final between Dublin and Meath at Croke Park last month. 
As respecters of tradition, Kerry football people will always tip a cap to the maroon of Galway. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

There is no turning back now. Croke Park has been mowed and polished for the first of the season’s All-Ireland football quarter finals, with last year(...)

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice before the 2013 All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Dublin at Croke Park. Kerry lost but such was their performance the young manager emerged with his reputation actually enhanced. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

At half-time in the 2006 All-Ireland final, the Kerry dressing room was a crankier place than it ought to have been given they’d just posted a lordly (...)

Ciarán Kilkenny with some of the pupils from the Changa Changa primary school in Mazabuka

The Dubs are flying high again in this year’s GAA football championship but one man missing out on what could well be another path of glory is Ciarán (...)

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice: expected to name his strongest possible side, with the exception of Colm Cooper, for Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final against Galway. Photograph: Inpho

Monaghan look to be the county travelling to Croke Park with the most pressing injury concerns this weekend as Owen Lennon and Gavin Doogan look unli(...)

 Colm Cooper’s role with Kerry has been embraced by James O’Donoghue. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

My colleague Ken Early suggested in the Irish Times yesterday that, as far as the Brazilian media were concerned, the injury to Neymar which has ruled(...)

Fionn Fitzgerald and Kieran O’Leary lift the cup following Kerry’s win over Cork in the Munster SFC final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

If the sight of Kerry gliding home from Cork with the county’s 76th Munster title was the latest emphasis of how eternal the old order can be other as(...)

 Kerry’s James O’Donoghue, who scored eight points from play, gets his shot away despite the efforts of Cork’s  Michael Shields at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

The empires strike back. Time was, a summer Sunday that contained Kerry knocking off another Munster title while Kilkenny squared away an umpteenth Le(...)

 Kerry’s James O’Donoghue and Noel Galvin of Cork during the Munster final at Páirc Uí Caoimh. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Although very evil people throughout history have hardly received as intense a roasting in the afterlife as Cork had to put up with, one thing preyed(...)